General Western Suburbs Magpies vs Auckland Vulcans

Chch fan_old

Great to get the win but a little disapointing they didn't finish the game off.

There's a few players I don't know a lot about so I'm not the best man to comment but the way I see it we have a very talanted side. We do lack experience at this level and there are a lot of new players so there will be work to do on combernations etc and not to mention a new coach.

It's impossible to say what's going to happen with injuries and they will no doubt lose players to first grade later in the year but I think if they keep Godinet, who I see is a massive influence and a big part of the team they will be in the mix.

We may take a while so we may not be at the top of the ladder however as long as we can make the finals we are a big chance of at least making the grand final. Just hope we see them on tv at least a couple of times later in the year as they are such an enjoyable team to watch and support!

Chch fan_old

Triple-header next week. Value for money.

Is it on tv?

I 'm going to have to step up my campaign of trying to convince my misses that we need to at least move somewhere within a couple of hours drive of Auckland!!!


Fisiiahi bags six tries in big win for Vulcans

17/03/2012 5:43:30 PM
Vodafone Warriors fullback Glen Fisiiahi once again underlined the depth the club has with an astonishing career-best six-try haul as the Auckland Vulcans beat Western Suburbs 42-20 in today’s third-round New South Wales Cup clash at Campbelltown Stadium in west Sydney.
The win was the first of the season for both the Vulcans and new coach Ricky Henry after earlier reverses against the Newcastle Knights and the Windsor Wolves.
With Kevin Locke holding down the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL fullback job at the moment, Fisiiahi is determined to keep the pressure on with his performances for the Vulcans.
He had two of the side’s four tries as they led 22-0 at halftime and then scored four tries straight in the second half to propel the Vulcans into a commanding 42-0 lead. Vulcans staff at the game said he might have had nine tries but he was called back three times for alleged infringements.
After the game Fisiiahi told he had never scored as many tries in a game before, believing three was his previous best. His take on the effort was that he must have been in the right place at the right time.
Having secured such a commanding lead it was evident the Vulcans buttoned off rather than keeping the foot applied to the throat. The upshot was the beleaguered Wests were allowed to score the last 20 points of the contest to limit the damage in their third consecutive loss.
Earlier Vodafone Warriors second rower Sam Lousi and prop Herman Retzlaff, who was in the club’s wider NRL squad in 2009, scored the Vulcans’ other tries in the first half. Winger DJ Collier landed five conversions.
In a reshuffled line-up, Daniel Palavi started at prop, Alehana Mara at hooker, Tevita Latu at loose forward and Ruben Williams in the centres. They came into the side replacing Tulson Caird, Darin Kingi, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Rusty Bristow in the originally selected starting line-up. Making his New South Wales Cup debut from the interchange was 19-year-old Vodafone Junior Warriors prop Siulongoua Fotofili.
The Vulcans are home to Manly next weekend. The Sea Eagles beat Windsor 30-24 today.
In other completed matches, Illawarra beat Balmain Ryde Eastwood 38-18, Canterbury-Bankstown had a 42-16 win against North Sydney and Newtown beat Cronulla 22-4.
Match details:

At Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
Western Suburbs 10.
Auckland Vulcans 42 (Glen Fisiiahi 6, Sam Lousi, Herman Retzlaff tries; DJ Collier 5 conversions).
Halftime: 22-0 Vulcans.
Referee: Tony De Las Heras.

Auckland Vulcans: Glen Fisiiahi; DJ Collier, Ivan Penehe, Ruben Williams, Willie Peace; Steve Waetford, Pita Godinet; Herman Retzlaff, Alehana Mara, Daniel Palavi; Agnatius Paasi, Sam Lousi; Tevita Latu. Interchange: Arden McCarthy, Murray Iti, Siulongoua Fotofili, Henry Chan-Ting.
Coach: Ricky Henry.
Western Suburbs: Zoran Watene; Merv Williamson, Dale Roberts, Aaron Teariki, Daniel Perkins; Trent Touma, Nigel Millgate; Jay Maseuli, Lionel O’Mally, Aaron Sweeney; John Leiataua, Seffa Slafu; Alex Frail. Interchange: Dean Parata, Tom Morrison, Alan Daly, Daniel La Manna, Mundarra Weldon.
Coach: Trevor Schodel.



ROUND THREE REPORT - Auckland Vulcans v Western Magpies

The Auckland Vulcans gained their first win in 2012 when they beat the Western Suburbs Magpies 42-20 in Sydney yesterday. Undoubtedly the highlight of the match was fullback Glenn Fisiiahi finishing the afternoon with an incredible six tries in a stunning display of support play. While Fisiiahi was the star but halfback Pita Godinet was also superb.

The first 15 minutes was a scrappy affair from both sides but it was the Vulcans who opened the scoring after a dropped ball by Wests centre Dale Roberts. From the ensuing scrum, the Vulcans worked their way towards the line, with front rower Herman Retzlaff brushing aside defenders with ease to score. A graduate of last year's premiership winning U/20s Warriors, Dylan Collier added the extras for Auckland to take a 6-0 lead.

Glen Fisiiahi scored the first of his 6 tries at the 26 min mark. The Vulcans were able to keep the ball alive on the Wests 40m line before a flat pass found its way to Fisiiahi which saw him run 30 metres to score. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

Four minutes later and Fisiiahi scored his second try. After a period near their own goal line, the Vulcans were able to withstand some solid magpie defence before finding a gap out on the left hand side, where Fisiiahi dashed away to score. Collier was successful with the conversion to make the score 16-0.

In the blink of an eye, the Vulcans were in again. Wests were ruled offside from the kickoff and from the tap kick, a determined run by Agnatuis Passi saw him find a flying Pita Godinet, who was pulled down agonisingly short of the line. From the play the ball, Sam Lousi was able to barge across. Collier added the extras and it was 22-0 which remained the score to the half time break.

Glen Fisiiahi then stepped up in an incredible nine minute period scoring four consecutive tries. The first came just six minutes into the second stanza after a dropped ball by Wests on their 30 metre line. From the scrum, Godinet found Fisiiahi who skipped around the defence and bolted to the try line. Collier’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

From the kick off, the Vulcans made easy metres up the middle and on the second tackle, the Wests defence was unable to put Godinet to ground and he was able to get up and advance the play over the half way line before picking out Fisiiahi from the support. Collier again missed the conversation but it was 30-0 and another big score was looming against the Magpies.

Incredibly, again from the kick off, the Vulcans were able to score within the first set of 6 tackles and again the Vulcans number seven was the catalyst. Godinet drifted towards the sideline and found an unmarked Ruben Williams who drew a gallant Magpie fullback before finding Fisiiahi for yet another try. Collier was on target and the score went to 36-0.

With their confidence sky high just before the hour mark, Auckland tossed the ball around like the Warriors of 2002 as Wests failed to lock up the ball. The ball went through several sets of hands before finding Fisiiahi who scored an almost unbelievable sixth try near the posts. Collier converted and it was 42-0.

However, some gallant magpie defence ensured they scored no further points in the game. Instead, the crowd voiced their approval with the Wests fight back, which began on 63 minutes. After receiving a penalty on the Vulcans 30m line, the Magpies ground their way into the red zone area, with Nigel Millgate putting in a perfectly weighted kick for Zoram Watene to touch down and open Wests account for the afternoon. Trent Touma added the extras and it was 42-6.

Wests second rower Seffa Silafu was moved to the centres early in the second half by coach Trevor Schodel and scored a superb try after 71 minutes. Inspired by the confidence of their opponents handling, Wests capitalised on a dropped ball by flinging the ball to Silafu, who took on the defence and found Dale Roberts on the wing. With the defence closing in, Roberts returned the favour to Silafu, who lumbered along for the final 15 metres to find the line. The conversion was unsuccessful.

Wests were in again on 73 minutes on the back of a penalty. A great run by former Bulldogs U20 player, Lional O'Malley ended 10 metres out from the Vulcans try line and from the play the ball, former Moree Boomerangs player, Mundarra Weldon scored out wide. Touma added the extra and the score was Auckland 42 Wests 16. The final try came with three minutes to play, when Wests won a rare scrum against the feed on the Vulcans 20 metre line. Trent Touma then touched down off a nicely weighted kick to round out the afternoon. Touma missed the conversion to his own try, leaving the Vulcans on top at the final siren by 42-20.

Auckland Vucans: 42 (Fisiiahi 6, Lousi, Retzlaff tries; Collier 5 goals)

Western Suburbs: 20 (Silafu, Touma, Watene Weldon tries; Touma 2 goals)

Half Time 22 - 0 Vulcans